Joseph Cainero, 75, of Mackay Harbour (pictured outside the Mackay Courthouse) has been charged with recklessly laundering money.
Joseph Cainero, 75, of Mackay Harbour (pictured outside the Mackay Courthouse) has been charged with recklessly laundering money. Luke Mortimer

Identity revealed of old man accused of laundering $1m

AN elderly Mackay man has faced court charged with laundering more than $1 million by way of an international scam.

Joseph Cainero, 75, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court for his case's mention on Thursday.

Mr Cainero is charged with money laundering recklessly between January 1, 2015 and July 7, 2017.

Police allege the Mackay Harbour man established three Australian companies - JC Enterprising, JC Web Creations and ITZ Services - after he was contacted by a scam international computer repair company to become a representative and receive funds.

Police claim victims were subject to cold calling scams, advising their computer had to be fixed, and provided remote access to the scammers, who downloaded a ransomware virus.

The scammers allegedly demanded money be paid to a Mackay-based bank account or money order to unlock the victims' computers.

Solicitor Danny Yarrow appeared as a friend of the court, but Mr Cainero did not yet have legal representation.

Mr Cainero spoke briefly to reporters outside of court, but his quiet murmurs were largely inaudible.


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